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Donald Trump Arrives In Scotland In Effort To Halt Wind Farms Near Golf Resort

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US tycoon Donald Trump arrived in Aberdeen ahead of his bid to convince Scottish ministers to axe an "insane" bid to build a wind farm near his luxury golf resort.

Trump touched down at Aberdeen Airport in a private jet at around 3pm today, before making his way through the public airport arrivals and security sections.

He spoke with waiting journalists before leaving in a chauffeur driven car, waving to the public as he departed.

Trump will appear before the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee on Wednesday to voice his opposition to the Scottish Government's increasing reliance on wind farms to power the country and meet its renewables targets.

He has warned that wind farms could "completely end" tourism in Scotland and the country is "in effect committing financial suicide".

Trump has said he would not have built his golf course in the north east of Scotland if he had known about plans to install turbines off the coast there.

He also claimed there was "not a shred of evidence" that the devices benefit the environment, claiming their construction used "massive amounts of fossil fuels".

Trump's arrival follows further claims over alleged promises Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and his predecessor, former Labour first minister Jack McConnell, made that there would be no wind farms constructed near his resort.

George Sorial, vice president of the Trump Organisation, told The Sunday Times: "Who actually believes that Mr Salmond did not give us assurances?

"We were told there were military radar installations in Peterhead and there is no way there is ever going to be turbines there because they would cause interference.

"We were told shipping lanes coming in and out of Aberdeen are very busy so we have nothing to worry about. We were told any installations would be 10 miles out.

"It's convenient to blame a former first minister who is a Labour guy. Put all the blame on Jack McConnell. But I think people are smarter than that."

Scottish Conservative energy spokeswoman Mary Scanlon has written to Salmond demanding he discloses all correspondence with Donald Trump regarding assurances on renewable energy.

She said: "I want these details disclosed to stop the claims and counter claims between the First Minister and Mr Trump.

"This issue is a sensitive one for many people in the north east, and they won't be impressed by constantly hearing two differing accounts.

"When people and companies come to Scotland to do business, they need to know that the government's word is its bond, and that promises made are promises kept."

Salmond's spokesman cited comments Trump made last month when he claimed McConnell and his administration gave him their word that they "will not build the windmills".

McConnell told the Scotland on Sunday today that Trump "was treated with the same respect and courtesy" as all potential inward investors.

Salmond's spokesman said: "Absolutely no assurances have been given at any time by this administration to Mr Trump or his organisation, and any claims to the contrary are wrong.

"If any assurances were given before this administration took office - and Mr Trump is on the record as saying that this aspect specifically relates to the previous administration - then obviously we can have no knowledge of what they were.

"These claims from Mr Sorial are confusing and contradictory, not least because only this week he has indicated that he disagrees with the principle that the policies of one government cannot bind its successors - which in itself suggests he accepts that if there were any assurances they must have come from the previous administration."

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